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The rest of the weekend. (Shoes!) 
6th-May-2007 10:39 pm
Me: on Ferris wheel 2012-09-09
So plumtreeblossom and I had a lovely morning, with inter alia brunch at a little hole-in-the-wall diner near my house. It was pleasant and sunny when we went in. When we came out it was grey and windy and cold and we thought a storm might be coming in. But by the time I dropped her off in Davis, it was sunny and nice again.

Sadly I didn’t get to see any of Somerville Open Studios, but darxus (aided and abetted by cathijosephine met me at Marathon Sports to buy shoes. See, I have this problem that I buy cheap shoes, and more than half the time they’re crummy and hurt and fall apart right away, so I’m not willing to spend good money on shoes, since it’s not a good investment because they probably won’t work out. The more clever among you may detect a certain amount of circularity to this logic. Anyway, inspired by darxus’ experience getting fitted for shoes there, I met them and got myself a pair of significantly less cheap shoes.

They gave me 9½ wide shoes, which is crazy, because I take 9½ regular. These new shoes feel weird. For example, my little toes don’t hurt. How can you tell you have your shoes on properly if your toes don’t hurt? But I’ll give them another couple days...

Then we went to Cambridge Common for lunch. Since I had had brunch fairly recently, I just had an appetizer — yummy, yummy sweet-potato fries! I have to go back there.

Then cathijosephine and I wandered around in quest of a fax machine, getting distracted by a bookstore along the way, and finally succeeding at a Staples. Then we went back to darxus’ place for a little bit. While I was there, I got a call from docorion, returning my call earlier when we were trying to figure out where we could send a fax from. So I asked him if he had dinner plans, and since he didn’t, I met him in Davis and we went to Redbones for barbecue and had a great time hanging out and chatting.

The one downside to the day is my back. I hurt it recently, probably yesterday morning when I was moving some boxes of papers into the crawlspace above the garage. (This involved carrying heavy bulky boxes up a ladder, so I was holding them in odd ways to keep my center of balance over the ladder.) It was distinctly noticeable yesterday, but wasn’t too bad. (It was still an excellent excuse to get a massage from plumtreeblossom, though!) Today it’s gotten worse over the course of the day. In particular, it really doesn’t like getting into and out of the car, which I’ve been doing a lot of. I look forward to a good night’s sleep and hopefully it will be better tomorrow morning.

In other news, in less than a week, plumtreeblossom and I will be in Las Vegas, meeting sionnagh and her father for a couple of days! That will be delightful; I’m looking forward to them meeting each other.

Now it’s time to take my painkiller and go to sleep. G’night, all!
7th-May-2007 10:56 am (UTC)
Oooh, sorry your poor back is still hurting. Hopefully a good night's sleep will help it. Sounds like you did pinch something in the lifting.

Per the shoes, I think you'll like wide width. I wear wides when available, and they make all the difference in comfort. (You've seen my duck-shaped feet, so you can see why.) Your toes will thank you! :-)
7th-May-2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
Well, I was in excruciating pain by the time I went to sleep last night, but I took some 117-proof muscle relaxant and some Tylenol PM (because I couldn’t find Doans PM, which has worked for me in the past) and slept well and felt somewhat better this morning.

But I was really really wiped out at work (and fell asleep a couple times, and ended up napping on my floor for a half hour), and left early. Unfortunately, that meant I caught rush hour and couldn’t get a seat, and between getting jostled on the train and the walk home from the station, I’m hurting a lot again. But I’m about to go to sleep (maybe just a nap, or maybe till tomorrow).

However, my feet don’t hurt!

7th-May-2007 10:05 pm (UTC) - well shod
Oh, my, to think you went 40 years before finding out
the joy of being ... fitted? I know we no longer do the
fluoroscope in the shoe stores but good shoes make a big
difference. Should you ever decide to go casual ... I highly
recommend a pair of the Red Wing work boots, either short or
tall. Stores tend to fit you well, and the boots last and
last and last ... all with comfort.
Consider this an unpaid testimonial.
7th-May-2007 10:40 pm (UTC) - Re: well shod
Thanks! I vote for boots that last and last and last; I’ve bought too many that didn’t. (And nice to see you comment with your new LJ identity. :-)
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